Fashion Futures is a female-led multinational project curated by Chenesai Mukora-Mangoma, to foster creative engagement for change and collaboration by bringing together four content creators from varied artistic genres including fashion and beauty.
The team includes Zimbabwean visual artist Lucia Nhamo, British Ghanaian writer, curator and visual anthropologist Adjoa Armah, Malawian beauty and wellness expert Thokozani Phiri and Namibian designer and fashion creative Leah Misika.
“I’m excited to be part of a project that will contribute to the African fashion story as a whole and maybe even expose and evoke ideals that will shape the future of our fashion as we unearth nooks of the fashion scene that might begin to help formulate an answer to our question. What is the future of fashion,” said Leah.
Collectively, they are carrying out groundbreaking research on sustainability within underground fashion industries. Each of them is tasked with producing content for a country other than their own – Lucia for the UK, Adjoa for Zimbabwe, Thokozani for Namibia and Leah for Malawi.
The project falls in line with British Council priority areas, which include promoting collaboration, urban youth development and empowerment. As the content creators journey through their research process, youth engagement will be a key component in exposing young people to the importance of developing sustainable fashion sectors.
Fashion Futures also hopes to highlight the fact that a well-established creative sector boosts culture and tourism. Key dates for the project are centered in Zimbabwe. In March, Cultural Producer Lorraine Bgoya will host round table discussions with the project research team and local content creators at the Moto Republik hub in Harare. This will be followed by various activities in Bulawayo, where content creators will explore tanneries in the vicinity, before exhibiting immersive, multi-media installations incorporating film, sculpture, textiles, photography, crafts and written texts.